February 23, 2024

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While it doesn’t actually launch for another two weeks, Apple Vision Pro pre-orders are officially underway. And if you’re able to jump through the somewhat extensive hoops to snag the device early, you’ll be in for a treat.

Also: I pre-ordered the Apple Vision Pro, and the process was smoother than I expected

The headset already comes with a few bands, a light seal, a pair of light seal cushions, a cover, a polishing cloth, a charging cable, and a battery. But, of course, there are plenty of accessories and configurations that you can add on.

The question is, how much will that cost you? I found out for myself.

I decided to price the absolute top-of-the-line, maxed-out version of the Vision Pro — even adding on prescription lenses and repair services — and the result wasn’t nearly as crazy as I thought it would be. 

I started with the Vision Pro headset itself at $3,499. Upgrading to the 1TB storage version — the largest available — added $400. Figuring in prescription Zeiss optical inserts cost me $149 more, and adding a Belkin battery holder tacked on another $49. Naturally, I’ll need an official travel case to keep my headset safe, another $199. And, to make sure my investment was protected, I opted for AppleCare+ at $499. 

Also: Someone made a Vision Pro travel case that’s half the cost of Apple’s – and it’s in ways better

That’s a total of $4,795.95. Add in tax and you’re going to be right at the $5,000 mark when you’re done, which is admittedly a lot for a headset, especially when the highest version of the Meta Quest Pro with accessories would be less than half that price.

But, in the universe of Apple, it’s less than I expected. A maxed-out version of the newest MacBook for example was over $12,000 (a steal compared to the $52,000 MacBook that was previously available). $5,000 is a good chunk of change for a consumer electronic, but if you’re eyeing the Apple Vision Pro, you already knew it was going to carry a premium price tag.